How to Clean Your Blinds

Is there anything worse thing to clean than dirty blinds? Get clean blinds fast with these tips for one of our least favorite household chords!

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
2-minute read

Clean blinds

Surprising DIY Blinds Duster

This may surprise you, but you have an easy blinds cleaner every time your kid asks you to cut the crusts off his sandwich. Yes, you can use bread crusts to clean blinds. Just hold a piece of crust around each slat, then run it along the length of the blinds applying pressure to both the top and the bottom. It sounds a little crazy, but if you do this regularly you’ll never have to take the a chunk of time to clean the blinds later!

Quick Blinds Cleaners

If your blinds just need a good dusting, use a dry paintbrush to easily get between the slats. For heavier jobs, wrap the ends of kitchen tongs in an rags or towels and secure them with  rubber bands, then dip in rubbing alcohol or your favorite cleaner, close the blinds, and go to it! The tongs make it easy to get on both sides of the blinds at the same time.

For Seriously Dirty Blinds

If your blinds are covered in dirt and grime, sometimes it’s easier to take them down entirely. Then, simply fill a bathtub with water and add a generous amount of white vinegar or your favorite household cleanser. Throw the blinds in and agitate the water until the dirt washes away. Shake them out well and hang them up wet. There may be a few streaks once they’ve air-dried, but they’re nearly impossible to spot.

How to Clean Pull Cords

Your blinds look great, but what about those pull cords, grimy from years of greasy hands? Get them clean again with this simple trick. Get a stepladder or something the same height as the top of the blinds (where the pull cord begins). Fill a jar with cold water and add a tablespoon of bleach or other cleaner. Pull your blinds up so the maximum amount of cord possible is exposed. Rest the jar on top of the ladder and soak the cord for two to three hours. When you’re done, transfer the cord to a jar of water to rinse, then pat dry with some rags or towels.

Cleaning Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds are great for keeping out light, but they can be hard to clean! The easiest way to clean smudges off aluminum blinds is with a pencil eraser. An art-gum eraser (which can be found at art or office supply stores) works best.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.